Shri. Omkar Dadarkar Vocal Concert - April 13, 2024

A Hindustani Classical Vocal Concert featuring Shri. Omkar Dadarkar 

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2024, 5:00 PM EDT at 

Venue: India International Spiritual & Meditation Center

$30.00 per ticket

Vocal: Shri Omkar Dadarkar

Tabla: Shri Sanjay Deshpande

Harmonium: Shri Siddhesh Bicholkar

About the artists

Shri Omkar Dadarkar

Born in Mumbai on 30th July 1977, Shri Omkar Dadarkar hails from a family of ‘Marathi Natyasangeet’ exponents, and was naturally drawn towards this idiom. He received his initial guidance from his aunt, the late noted classical vocalist Manik Verma and thereafter from Ram Deshpande. After being awarded the CCRT scholarship (Delhi) for classical music, he was groomed by Pandit Yashwantbua Joshi under the scheme of Guru-Shishya-Parampara of the Dadar-Matunga Cultural Centre. A Sangeet Visharad and Bachelor of Arts in Marathi Literature and History, Shri Omkar Dadarkar joined ITCSRA as a scholar in July 1999, receiving rigorous talim under Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar. He completed his training in June 2005 with an A+ grade. He also trained in the light classical form under Vidushi Girija Devi and Srinivas Khale.

Shri Omkar Dadarkar has fast gained recognition as a regular concert performer all over India as well as U.S., Canada, and more recently U.K. His performances in ITC Sangeet Sammelans at Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai besides other prestigious programmes in India and also Nepal and Canada have been highly applauded. He has been widely acclaimed for his performance at the prestigious Darbar Festival, U.K. His numerous awards include the prestigious Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for 2010 conferred by the Sangeet Natak Akademi to talented artistes below the age of 35, the Aditya Vikram Birla Puraskar in 2009, the “Shanmukhananda Hall-Mumbai-Sangeet Shiromani” award and he is also the first recipient of “Chaturanga Sangeet Shishyavrutti Award” given by Chaturanga Pratishthan in collaboration with Mhaiskar Foundation, Mumbai. 

Shri Omkar Dadarkar, who was previously working with Mumbai Educational Trust, as Music In-charge returned to ITCSRA as a Musician Tutor in 2010 and is currently a Guru at the Academy. 

Shri Sanjay Deshpande

Sanjay Deshpande is a talented Tabla Player based in Pune, INDIA. He was born in a music loving family and was introduced to the art of playing Tabla under Late Pt. Sabade at Pune Bharat Gayan Samaj. Later he took Taleem (lessons) from the renowned Tabla player Pt. Suresh Talwalkar of  Delhi-Farookabad  Gharana, in a Guru Shishya Parampara .He also had the privilege of understanding the beauty of Punjab Gharana  under the guidance of  world renowned Tabla maestro Ustad. AllaRakha Khan Saheb and Pt.Yogesh Samsi. At present he is taking Taleem from Pt. Vivek Joshi.

​Sanjay is recipient of the coveted “Ahmedjaan Thirakwaa Scholarship” for Solo Performance. He has accompanied renowned artists like Smt. Vasundhara Komkali, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Pt. Smt. Malini Rajurkar, Pt. Jasraj, Dr. Prabha Atre, Pt. DinkarKaikini, Dr. Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande , Smt. Veena Sahastrabudhe and many such great artists.

He has performed in major conferences such as Sawai Gandharwa Music FestivalPune, Paluskar Smarak Conference, Shankarlal Samaroha in New Delhi, I.T.C. Sangeet Sammelan . Dowerlane Conference, Kolkata.

Sanjay has performed abroad in Countries like U.S.A, U.K, U.A.E,Canada, Australia, Switzerland, Russia, Belgim, Holland, Qatar, Israel, South Korea etc. He has also participated in the “World Vocal Festival” in  Sweden.

He is empanelled as GURU at the Lalit Kala Kendra, University of Pune and Bharati Vidyapeeth Pune. He has number of  recordings released. His fusion album “Wind From Ayuta” with Korean musicians won the Best album award of the year - 2002 in South Korea.

Shri Siddhesh Bicholkar

Siddhesh was privileged to receive guidance from his First Guru, Shri Sharad Mathkar in Goa and later placed under the tutelage of Pt. Tulsidas Borkar, a renowned Harmonium exponent and Guru.

The difficult and lesser known art of Jaltarang was taken up by Siddhesh with inspiration from Shri Sharad Mathkar, who personally crafted his first set of Jaltarang apparatus. Siddhesh gained valuable knowlegde about Instrumental recitals and depths of Classical Music from Pt. Tulsidas Borkar, enabling Siddhesh to present Jaltarang Recitals, a very rare occurence in Indian Classical Music.

He has been the recipient of many eminent music scholarships including accolades by the Govt.of India and its H.R.D. Ministry. He is presently employed as a classical music teacher at Sharda Sangeet Vidyalaya, Mumbai.

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